The Best of Andrew Carnegie Quotes:
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
The average person only puts 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes of it’s hat to those who put n 50%of their capacity, and stands on it’s head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves.
You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.
What one does easily, one does well.
Employers can do so many desirable things for their men at little cost.
Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
There is no way of making a business successful than can vie with the policy of promoting those who render exceptional service.
And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
The secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognizing the right man to do it.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or to get all the credit for doing it.
Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.
All achievements, all earned riches have their beginning in an idea.
I’m not in the business of making steel. I’m in the business of building men. They make steel.
This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: To set an example of modest, ostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent on him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgement, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community.
I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.
In bestowing charity, the main consideration: should be to help those who will help themselves; to provide part of the means by which those who desire to improve may do so; to give those who desire to rise the aids by which they may rise; to assist, but rarely or never to do all.
Years ago I distributed charity indiscriminately, and in doing so committed perhaps the greatest evil I have committed in my life.
I do not spend much on myself. I give away every year seven or eight times as much as I spend for personal comforts and pleasures.
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.
I began to learn what poverty meant. It was burnt in my heart then that my father had to beg for work and there came the resolve that I would cure that when I got to be a man.
No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.
At the end, the acquisition of wealth is ignoble in the extreme. I assume that you save and long for wealth only as a means of enabling you the better to do some good in your day and generation.
The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was free for him to administer during life, will pass away unwept, unhonored, and unsung, no matter to what uses he leaves the dross which he cannot take with him.
Man does not live by bread alone. I have known millionaires starving for lack of the nutriment which alone can sustain all that is human in man, and I know workmen, and many so-called poor men, who revel in luxuries beyond the power of those millionaires to reach. It is the mind that makes the body rich. There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.
We know that man was created, not with an instinct for his own degradation, but imbued with the desire and the power for improvement to which, perchance, there may be no limit short of perfection even here in this life upon earth.
It is folly to cross a bridge before you get to it, or bid the devil - good morning before you meet him.
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!
A man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.
Most of the troubles of humanity are imaginary and should be laughed out of court.
He is the happy man who feels there is not a human being to whom he does not wish happiness, long life, and deserved success, not one in whose path he would cast an obstacle nor to whom he would not do a service if in his power.
I have had a long, long life full of troubles, but there is one curious fact about them - nine-tenths of them never happened.
True heroes think not of reward.
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.
Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
If you want what you’re asking me with all your heart, then there’s nothing I can do to stop you from getting it.
I am no longer cursed by poverty because I took possession of my own mind, and that mind has yielded me every material thing I want, and much more than I need. But this power of mind is a universal one, available to the humblest person as it is to the greatest.
All is well until the stroke falls, and even then, nine times out of ten, it as not so bad as anticipated.
A wise man is the confirmed optimist.
All honor’s wounds are self inflicted.
The secret of happiness is renunciation.
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
Put all good eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
Concentration is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something.
A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Perhaps the most tragic thing about mankind is that we are all dreaming about some magical garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are right outside today.
There is little success where there is little laughter.
A sunny disposition is worth more than fortune. Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind, like the body can be moved from the shade into sunshine.
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